Paul Rudd has been one of the most beloved actors in the world for quite some time now. From “Clueless” and “Friends” to the “Ant-Man” franchise, the 52-year-old has played everything from heartthrob to hero, and now, he’s the Sexiest Man Alive.

Rudd earned the honor from People Magazine, which was revealed in a comedy sketch on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Tuesday night.

To reveal his “sexiness”, Colbert put Rudd through a series of tests, including a physical exam, a Westminster Dog Show-style judging round, and photo shoots as a construction worker and monk. It culminated with Rudd pouring water over his head, saying “Help me, I’m drowning in sexiness.”

There have been many famous men that have won the Sexiest man Awards over the years. Here are some of the previous winners. Starting off with Tom Cruise  in 1990

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And here’s how he looks like now

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Sexiest Man of 1991, Patrick Swayze (passed away 2009)

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Sexiest Man of 1992, Nick Nolte

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Sexiest Man of 1993, Richard Gere


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Sexiest Man of 1994, Keanu Reeves

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Sexiest Man of 1995, Brad Pitt

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Sexiest man of 1996, Denzel Washington


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Sexiest man of 1997, George Clooney

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Sexiest Man of 1998, Harrison Ford

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Sexiest Man of 1999, Richard Gere

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Sexiest man of 2000, Brad Pitt


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Sexiest man of 2001, Pierce Brosnan

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Sexiest man of 2002, Ben Affleck

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Sexiest Man of 2003, Johnny Depp

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Sexiest Man of 2004, Jude Law

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Sexiest man of 2005, Matthew McConaughey

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Sexiest man of 2006, George Clooney

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Sexiest Man of 2007, Matt Damon


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Sexiest Man of 2008, Hugh Jackman

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Sexiest man of 2009, Johnny Depp

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Sexiest man of 2010, Ryan Reynolds

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Sexiest Man of 2011, Bradley Cooper

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Sexiest Man of 2012, Channing Tatum

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Sexiest Man of 2013, Adam Levine

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Sexiest Man of 2014, Chris Hemsworth


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Sexiest Man of 2015, David Beckham

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Sexiest Man of 2016, Dwayne Johnson

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Sexiest Man of 2017, Blake Shelton

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Sexiest Man of 2018, Idris Elba

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Sexiest Man of 2019, John Legend

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Sexiest Man of 2020, Michael B.Jordan

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Paul Rudd has been announced the Sexiest Man of 2021, and the internet went crazy


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After the exam, Colbert told Rudd he “tested negative for sexy.” But as the actor began to walk away in apparent disappointment after thanking for the opportunity, the host (and a roomful of people dressed in white lab coats) began to clap.

“There’s nothing sexier than humility … and you passed!” Colbert said, “Paul, you’re the sexiest man alive.”

“I’m the sexiest man alive?!” Rudd couldn’t believe it. He covered his mouth before being crowned, given flowers and a beauty-pageant banner reading, “SEXIEST MAN ALIVE.”

His reaction to winning this title was priceless. The news was revealed in a comedy sketch on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Tuesday night